As we seek ways to restore a right relationship with the world around us, we are invited to know and learn from one another.  Share and explore stories, actions, and challenges experienced by ELCA communities across the country.  Connect with a prayer partner to help sustain one another. Actions SpeakRead More →

by Mark L. Yackel-Juleen (Author) Rural contexts are often over-looked, treated as “flyover land.” But because everyone must eat, rural communities and their work in food production are important to the whole of society. Mark Yackel-Juleen spent many years in rural ministry and is the founder and executive director of Shalom HillRead More →

July 2021 Connections Call Recording & Related Resources: Hear as Sarah & Brandon Bowers describe their methods of raising animals as food and reflect on their experiences as family on a farm. Listen for their perspectives as this is a ministry of stewardship education: Telling someone to give up thatRead More →

“Creation Care” is more than just “being green.”  Integrating a lens of eco-justice is not only critical in order to be church in the world, it brings joy to your community.  Please share this introduction video with those in your congregation who want to know how and why this ministryRead More →

The Transformation of All Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the reorientation of creation to its sacred center. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Sunday of the Passion Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 (Procession) Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11Read More →

If we are to address Earth-care together, no nation can claim privileged exceptionalism. – Dennis Ormseth  reflects on a global scope for the vision of well-being. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 14-20, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm 67Read More →

The Grace Gathering ran parallel to the 2016 Churchwide Voting Assembly in New Orleans. The goal in gathering was to inspire one another to look back at the 500 years since the Reformation and see how to move forward in faith and love for the next 500 years. On AugustRead More →

Since there are so many members of our ELCA community who live in agricultural areas and we all depend on food to sustain us; let’s explore how we can deliberately share the spectrum of ways our churches can inform members of opportunities, practice mindful eating, and love the wide arrayRead More →

Big Hill Farm is a student-managed farm that values local food production and sustainable agricultural practices. Each summer, student leaders hire new student interns to plant, grow, harvest, experiment with new techniques, and oversee the management of the farm. Upon harvest, students bring food from Big Hill Farm to theRead More →